Phoenix Staff Reports
— All four defending champions earned top seeds in the 32-team field for the Bedouin Shrine Classic, which begins Jan. 7 and continues through Jan. 12.
Seeds were made at the annual Shrine tourney dinner Wednesday night.
The Muskogee Lady Roughers seek their fourth straight Large School girls title as the tournament goes into its 33rd year. Coach Doyle Rowland’s squad,, which comes off its first Class 6A state tournament appearance since 2001, beat Tulsa Webster 49-43 in last year’s title game and were seeded No. 1 ahead of second-seed Enid.
The other returning defending championsand top seeds include Jenks boys in the Large School division along with Oktaha’s boys and girls in the Small School bracket.
Jenks defeated McAlester 76-48 for the Large School Boys title.
In winning the small school titles a year ago, Oktaha girls beat Sequoyah 66-61, while the Tigers’ boys defeated Spiro 64-48. Both Oktaha teams made the 2A state quarterfinals a year ago.
Teams in the Large School bracket this year also include the boys and girls teams from McAlester, Hilldale, Checortah, Tulsa Webster and Tulsa Hale. Jenks and Sequoyah will play in the large school boys division and Coweta and Enid will be in the large school girls.
In the Small School brackets, Oktaha will be joined by Spiro, Hulbert, Haskell, Porter, Graham and Edmond Santa Fe South Charter School. Sequoyah is also in the girls division and Summit Christian is in the boys division.
A complete list of seeds and schedule will be available at a later date.